Publications and Media

Lectures, Talks, and Media Appearances

“Religious Pluralism and the Humanist Community,” The Humanist Hub in Cambridge, MA, April 2018.
“Models of Interfaith Leadership in an Age of Polarization,” Harvard University, February 2018.

“Pluralism Project @ 25: Diversity and Inclusion in the American Crucible,” Harvard University, September 2016.

“Religious Pluralism,” Harvard Law School, October 2016.

“Religion and Peace: Do Universities have a Role?” Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, November, 2016.

2013 Montana State University Honorary Degree Recipient, Dr. Diana Eck,” Montana State University, May 2013.

Lessons of a Temporary City,” video by Rebecca Byerly for Harvard Business School, article by Katie Koch, The Harvard Gazette, April 4, 2013.

A Kumbh of Literature” interview by Angshukanta Chakraborty, Little India, March 20, 2013.

SEEN ON SCENE: Fun times at ‘A Taste of Weston,'” Wicked Local, March 17, 2013.

Saving the mother river,” by Katie Koch, The Harvard Gazette, February 14, 2013.

Mahakumbh mystique attracts academics and students from Harvard University,” Praveen Dass, The Times of India, January 20, 2013.

“What Sustains Us,” Aspen Ideas Festival, Summer 2012.

In the Footsteps of Pilgrims,” review by Sudheendra Kulkarni, India Today, June 9, 2012.

Myths about Pluralism,” Diana Eck & Vinoth Ramachandra speak at The Veritas Forum, Harvard University, May 9, 2012.

The Holy Land,” a review by Rachel Dwyer,, Associated with The Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2012.

“Fascinating Harvard Study on Geo-Cultural Frontiers of India,” by R. Balashankar, The Organiser, April 23, 2012.

India: A Sacred Geography” by Diana Eck and “Indian Becoming” by Akash Kapur, The Washington Post, April 13, 2012.

India’s spiritual landscape: The heavens and the earth,” The Economist, March 24, 2012.

India’s Sacred Geography,” Harvard Magazine, March-April 2012.

National Forum on Civility and American Democracy, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Civility and Culture Session, “Civility in the Face of Organized Hostility,” February 17, 2012.

Vermont Council on the Humanities, Keynote Speaker, Fall Conference, “The Power of Religion: Practical Humanities in a World of Difference,” November 11-12, 2011.

The Veritas Forum at Harvard University, Keynote Address, “Why Tolerance is not Enough: Myths About Pluralism,” March 3, 2011.

Harvard Thinks Big 2010, Ten Professors-Ten Minutes, Diana Eck, “Religion in the Age of Pluralism”

The Age of Pluralism,” Gifford Lecture Series, The University of Edinburgh, Spring 2009.

Prospects for Pluralism: Voice and Vision in the Study of Religion,” Presidential Address to the American Academy of Religion (November 2006), published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion 2007.

“The Turbulent Waters of Religious Pluralism: Civic Challenges? Theological Challenges? What’s the Difference and What’s the Problem?”  Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religious Annual Conference, April 2007.

“The Role and Impact of Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election,” a news conference of Religion & Culture: Meeting the Challenge of Pluralism featuring Diana Eck, Welton Gaddy, and Amy Caiazza.

Q&A with Diana Eck: A look at Charlotte’s diverse religious scene,” The Charlotte Observer, an interview with Diana Eck in advance of her visit to speak at the Families of Abraham exhibit. January 19, 2007.

Religion and its Role in Global Affairs, Part I,” a conversation with Diana Eck about the ways in which religion unites and divides people throughout the world, broadcast on The World (Public Radio International), December 25, 2006.

On Tariq Ramadan,” Morning Prayers, Appleton Chapel, Harvard University, September 28, 2006.

United States of Religions,” a conversation with Diana Eck about the state of religious pluralism in the U.S. after Pope Benedict XVI’s controversial remarks, broadcast on Here & Now (WGBH), September 20, 2006.

Notes for Talks and Discussions in Indonesia on “A New Religious America: The Challenges of Religious Pluralism” (August 22-26, 2005) | Read more in Pluralism Project’s September 9, 2005 Newsletter.

“American Religious Pluralism: Civic and Theological Discourse,” working paper for the New Religious Pluralism and Democracy Conference, Georgetown University, April 21-22, 2005.

Baccalaureate Address, Dartmouth College, June 12, 2004.

Keynote Address, MAAS International Conference on Religious Pluralism in Democratic Societies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 20, 2002.

Keynote Address by Diana Eck at the Religious Pluralism in Democratic Societies Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 20-21, 2002.

Morning Prayers, The Memorial Church, Harvard University, November 28, 2001.

“Religious Diversity in America,” Cambridge Forum (WGBH Boston),  a discussion with Diana Eck and Huston Smith, The First Parish Church in Cambridge, November 1, 2001.

Interview with Diana Eck, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, June 22, 2001.

Chapters and Articles

Interfaith Infrastructure: The Indispensable Value of the Local,” Journal of Interreligious Studies, Issue 24, December, 2018.

Pluralism: Problems and Promise,” Journal of Interreligious Studies, Issue 17, August 2015.

“In Whom. . .”. Tikkun. 2010; 22 (2) :44.

Dialogue and the Echo Boom of Terror,” in After Terror: Promoting Dialogue Among Civilizations, edited by Akbar Ahmed and Brian Forst, 2005.

Introduction in Speaking Faith: The Essential Handbook for Religion Communicators (New York, NY: Religion Communicators Council), 2004.

Neighboring Faiths: How will Americans Cope with Increasing Religious Diversity?” Harvard Magazine, September – October, 1996.

The Challenge of Pluralism” – Diana L. Eck, Nieman Reports, The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, Vol. XLVII No. 2, Summer, 1993.


India: Sacred Geography (Random House, 2012)

Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras (Boston: Beacon Press), 2003 (1993). 
| Tenth anniversary edition features a new preface

A New Religious America: How a “Christian” Country Became the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation (New York: HarperSanFrancisco), 2002 (2001). | Read more


“Gandhi in Egypt” in The Harvard Crimson, September 19, 2011.

“9/11 and These Ten Years: A Faculty Reflection” in The Harvard Crimson, March 2, 2011.

“Interfaith at Ground Zero” in The Harvard Crimson, September 17, 2010.

“The Continued Blockade of Tariq Ramadan,” in Politico’s “The Arena,” Politico’s daily debate with policymakers and opinion shapers (April 2009) | See Contributor Profile

Becoming a More Complex ‘We’” in Tikkun, January 21, 2009.

Letter of Support to Participants of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Researcher Center, January 19, 2008.

The Blockade of Tariq Ramadan,” Harvard University, January 15, 2008.

Shutting Out a Voice for Islam,” The Boston Globe, February 7, 2006.

Why Exclude a Muslim Voice?,” The Boston Globe, September 4, 2004.

“The New Neighbors,” Beliefnet, June, 2001.

The Religious Melting Pot in Boston Boston Globe,” The Boston Globe, April 10, 1993.

True Liberty Cherishes Difference,” The Los Angeles Times, Sunday July 5, 1992.


For additional publications and talks by Prof. Diana Eck, please visit her Harvard University faculty website.


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